Long Lost Cousin: The Game
Long Lost Cousin: The Game
Wow! A game to make genealogy easier and more fun. Family history is social, and we'll help you connect to find the missing people.
Wow! A game to make genealogy easier and more fun. Family history is social, and we'll help you connect to find the missing people. Read more
I am fascinated by learning about my ancestors. Some weeks I would spend most of my free time doing research, finding information about my people. I love to read their stories, and try to see what may be locked away in my own DNA. Sometimes I would get so frustrated that I would leave the work untouched for months or years at a time. For others like me, I feel their joy and pain, and I want to contribute (to the joy). Here's another video with Tasha's song in full (download is one of the rewards):
We can't take all of the work out of researching your roots, but we can make it fun. Long Lost Cousin will be a cool game, with an innovative interface for mobile devices including iOS and Android phones and pads, and a smart web miner that will help you find your ancestors. The points, incentives and advancement in levels help you mark your progress and see how others are doing. For those who opt-in to the collaboration features, Long Lost Cousin will help connect you with others with shared ancestry or shared ethnic interests.
We have also designed and are building smart web mining tools that use artificial intelligence to cut through the noise, clutter and false positives (and false negatives) to find people you are trying to learn about. Using both time and geographical intelligence, as well as special rules that apply uniquely to genealogy research, we can make the game more rewarding by speeding up your progress.
We want input from lots of people on how to make this a great game and a helpful tool. Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing can make that possible. That's what we're here for.
Risks and challenges
The design and technology are solid, but the cost of development could grow, especially as we intend to develop native iOS and Android apps, which involve separate coding. Unforeseen cost increases and production delays are risks. Our intent is to create and release basic capabilities before adding advanced functionality. We will also do a simple web app (the data back-end is on the web anyway), so that we can test and tweak the design.
We also plan to take advantage of open source technologies, especially for the geographic mapping capabilities. If we don't have to build it all from scratch, it will cost less. If the money is not enough, we will continue to fund the work directly, and seek private investors if needed. Success in crowd-funding should help us persuade private investors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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